How to Avoid Serious Dental Problems

October 19, 2019 4:10 pm
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For the most part, you have the power to ensure your smile stays healthy. Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, avoid tobacco products, chew only sugar-free gum, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss at least once a day, and visit us here at Wagner & Langston Family Dentistry for routine checkups and cleanings. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the ways in which a visit to the dentist can help you avoid serious oral health woes!

Preventive Dental Care

Maintaining superb daily oral health habits and visiting us for regular checkups are the best ways to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. At your routine dental visits, our expert team will clean plaque and tartar from your teeth and make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and strong. We’ll screen for oral cancer, suggest improvements to your at-home oral hygiene, and answer any questions you have about caring for your oral health.

Treatment for Tooth Decay

With advanced dental techniques and technology, tooth-colored fillings and root canal therapy are virtually painless procedures that repair decayed, damaged, and/or infected teeth. We check for these problems using dental X-rays and a visual examination. Early-stage tooth decay can often be reversed with in-office fluoride treatments, improved oral hygiene, and a healthier diet. But advanced tooth decay creates permanent damage in the form of holes and pits, called cavities. These require professional treatment. An untreated cavity will only get worse by spreading to neighboring teeth and deep inside your tooth, causing an infection in its pulp. Infection and extreme damage will require root canal therapy to preserve your natural tooth.

Tooth Replacement Options

If you lose one or more teeth and don’t seek replacement, you may end up with a dental nightmare on your hands. Even if the teeth are not visible when you smile, it’s important to replace them. Missing teeth lead to shifting of your teeth and subsequent misalignment of your bite. The open spaces in your smile can also lead to sunken cheeks and food traps, making you more vulnerable to low self-esteem and decay. Finally, gaps put the jawbone at risk for deterioration. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of your neighboring tooth roots. Fortunately, there are several options available to address tooth loss before it becomes a serious problem. Consult with our team about the best solution to restore your smile, whether that be a bridge, dentures, or dental implants.

Exceptional Oral Care at Wagner & Langston Family Dentistry

Our team is here to help you and your family maintain excellent oral health. We can also help get your oral health back on track if you are suffering from a dental issue. Contact us today to schedule appointments for your entire family!


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